Cedar Grove completes the compost circle of life

March 4, 2014

Local composting takes global technology.

Cedar Grove Composting has grown a lot in its 25-year history of turning organic material into plant fertilizer. The May Valley facility recently won an Issaquah Chamber of Commerce Innovation in Issaquah award, due to its continuing community efforts. Such progress did not happen all at once.

“In 1989,” Cedar Grove’s Chief Environmental and Sustainability Officer Jerry Bartlett said, “nobody knew what compost was and nobody knew what to do with it.”

The company had received a contract with the city of Seattle to convert yard waste into fertilizer. It turned into a first for both entities.

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Mayor states goals in first State of the City speech

February 25, 2014

Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler vowed to maintain momentum in his first State of the City speech.

By Greg Farrar Fred Butler is a member of the Issaquah City Council.

Fred Butler

 

Given during the Feb. 18 regular City Council meeting, the speech laid out what Butler hopes to achieve in the first year of his inaugural term.

“A community is made up of many elements,” he said. “We are blessed with an outstanding school district, an active and professional chamber of commerce, students who are involved, first-class medical facilities and a City Council dedication to regional involvement.”

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Students find joy and meaning in volunteering

February 21, 2014

For Taylor Woo, a particular memory stands out from her time working at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Woo, a Liberty High School junior, serves as a volunteer patient care liaison at the hospital, one of the largest in the Northwest. One day, she was asked to speak with an 8-year-old boy who’d been in a car accident with his parents and younger sister.

The boy was responsive, but his sister lay in coma in an adjacent bed.

Above, left, Taylor Woo, a junior at Liberty High School, helps a visitor at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Top right, Issaquah High School senior Robin Lustig volunteers with organizations like Friends of Youth, the Issaquah Community Network and the Drug Free Community Coalition. Above, right, Skyline High School senior Jonathan Yee helps fellow students through the school’s Key Club and Link Crew, and also works with Treehouse, an organization that supports foster children.

Taylor Woo, a junior at Liberty High School, helps a visitor at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

“You can hear the heart monitor just beeping to her heart, and it was so hard to see,” Woo said. “It was sad how he couldn’t really comprehend what was happening with his parents.

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Two service organizations work to enhance Issaquah Community Hall

December 10, 2013

Two local service organizations have teamed up recently to double their offerings to Issaquah when Eastside Fire & Rescue’s Benevolent Fund helped the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank give the Issaquah Community Hall a facelift.

In what is hoped to be the beginning of a long relationship. Benevolent Fund President and EFR Battalion Chief David McDaniel said the nonprofit was delighted to assist with the painting of the center.

“I met Cori last year,” McDaniel said, speaking of Cori Kauk, director of the food bank. “She contacted me about painting the community hall and I said it sounded like a fantastic idea.”

The Benevolent Fund, created by EFR three years ago, wants to continue broadening the support it gives to the area through such projects.

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Editorial

December 3, 2013

Giving Tuesday should be only the beginning

If you missed the opportunity to make a charitable donation on Giving Tuesday on Dec. 3, never fear. The need is still there today and your check will be every bit as welcome.

If there is a community with a bigger heart than Issaquah’s, we’d like to meet it. It may be true that much of Issaquah’s population is well off enough to be able to write donation checks, but that doesn’t mean they have to.

Just last week, 2,419 people turned out for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank’s fourth annual Turkey Trot. That’s a few miles of running down the road — and runners actually paid for the privilege.

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City hosts Fill-the-Truck Food and Clothing Drive

November 28, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 28, 2013

The Eastside Firefighters Benevolent Fund and First Due Movers are once again joining forces for the Fill-the-Truck Food and Clothing Drive.

From Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, help fill a 24-foot moving truck with donations to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank and the Mt. Si Food Bank. The truck will be parked outside Fred Meyer, 6100 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E.

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Dance Premier hosts drive for food and clothing bank

November 27, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 27, 2013

This holiday season, Issaquah’s Dance Premier is participating in the Caring through Sharing Holiday Giving Program and Food Drive to benefit the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.

Drop off new, unwrapped gifts, clothing or nonperishable food items through Dec. 7 at one of Dance Premier’s two locations:

  • 26613 Duthie Hill Road
  • Overlake Center, 5724 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., Suite 100

Learn more here.

 

Turkey Trot returns bigger than ever

November 19, 2013

Heather Matthews always felt there should be more activities available on Thanksgiving Day than the annual family-generated Turkey Bowl of tackle football.

So, she ran, not walked, to participate in a Turkey Trot event in Seattle. After two years of that, the online marketer decided her hometown of Issaquah needed something similar.

By Greg Farrar Tom (left) and Heather Matthews, with the help of their sons (from left) Mason, Wesley and Preston, present the $27,000 Issaquah Turkey Trot donation check to Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank Executive Director Cori Walters and board president Stan Morgan, after last year’s 5K fundraising run.

By Greg Farrar
Tom (left) and Heather Matthews, with the help of their sons (from left) Mason, Wesley and Preston, present the $27,000 Issaquah Turkey Trot donation check to Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank Executive Director Cori Walters and board president Stan Morgan, after last year’s 5K fundraising run.

“I believe after seeing the Seattle Turkey Trot grow and grow, people really were looking for more than football and eating on Thanksgiving,” Matthews said.

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Turkey Trot returns to benefit food bank

November 12, 2013

The fourth annual Issaquah Turkey Trot to benefit the Issaquah Food Bank is Nov. 28.

The Turkey Trot is a fun and casual 5K with no prizes, bibs, time chips or numbers. All proceeds from registration fees go to the Issaquah Food Bank. Last year, the event raised $27,000. The cost to participate is $25 for runners 11 and older and $7 for children 10 and younger.

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Recipe for Hope cooks up community support

October 22, 2013

Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank raised more than $75,000 in its Recipe for Hope fundraiser Oct. 17.

James Whitfield, CEO of Leadership Eastside, was the keynote speaker, while State Sen. Mark Mullet emceed the event at Eastridge Church.

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